As the thermostat dips and the leaves start to turn a golden hue, there's one room that becomes the heart of the home: your bedroom. After a long day in the office and chilly commute home, there's nothing quite like retreating to a cloud-like bed, enveloping yourself in a wooly throw, lighting a scented candle, and curling up with a book.
Ready to dive under the sheets? These eight cozy interiors prove it only takes a few simple tweaks to transition your bedroom into a haven for fall. Here, interior designers Sally Gotfredson of One Kings Lane and Cecily Mendell of San Francisco–based boutique studio Cecy J Interiors talks us through the quickest fuss-free ways to make a bedroom your favorite room of the house. By the time you're done decorating, you'll never want to leave.
Mastering the perfect fall-ready space is all about pairing textures, says Gotfredson, and one of the biggest texture trends she forecasts for the season is velvet. The key to mastering this trend is choosing accents with subtle variations in sheen and texture.
"Crushed velvet hits the light a bit differently. Then there's chenille velvet and fabric with a subtle stripe. Even though you're not adding anything unexpected, each one adds a richness to the space. It creates a new dynamic," she explains. Add a touch of velvet via an accent pillow, or dial it up with a statement chair.
There's a certain romance about fall, but the cooler months can also be challenging as you're forced to spend more time indoors to escape the chill. That said, now is the perfect time to make sure you're utilizing each pocket of space to enhance your time inside.
Styling a simple reading nook in the corner of your bedroom is an easy way to repurpose an unused area. Position a comfortable chair by the window, pair it with a nesting table to hold coffee and a book, and "add a simple reading lamp to create an entirely new look for the room that will add warm light for winter," Mendell says.
"One of the easiest ways [to update your home] is by layering rugs," says Gotfredson. "It's such an easy way to transition from season to season and to not have to commit to something!"
If you're unsure which rugs work side by side, she recommends this simple formula. "Start with a natural fiber rug, like jute, sisal, or seagrass—there are a million different weaves, so it's totally up to you. Seagrass and cotton will be softer on the feet," she notes, suggesting that you layer yours with a patterned vintage piece.
To make it feel cohesive, choose one color in the top rug, and continue that throughout the space via small accents, like artworks or vases. "Come spring, you could pick a different flatweave, and it can give you a totally new look without spending a fortune."
Throw cushion covers are easy and affordable to update each season, making them the ideal quick fix for fall. If you're put off by the thought of choosing and layering multiple pieces, Mendell says you needn't worry: "Lots of fussy pillows have had a good run, but especially in the fall and winter months, keep it simple and cozy."
Her top tip? "Less is more. Go for one long bolster versus lots of throw pillows. It looks more finished and is easier to remove when you go to sleep." If you're looking to inject some seasonal color, Gotfredson recommends marigold and oxblood as two trending hues to try now.
Expertly styled spaces exude a character; from the moment you enter the room, there's a distinct mood that sets the tone. One piece that instantly establishes the voice of a home is artwork. A beachy Gray Malin photograph can transport homeowners to a vacation mindset while an abstract painting in dark hues could establish a somber tone. Something as simple as swapping a print in an existing frame could give your bedroom a whole new look.
There's one quick way to take your bedroom from summer to fall: swapping out your lightbulbs. Warm-toned light creates a cozy space while white lights with blue undertones can make a home feel cold and sterile.
Before you change your bedroom bulbs, Mendell says it's important to first consider the colors in the space. "I use warm bulbs in rooms with warm walls and cool bulbs for rooms with a cool palette," she says. Changing the lights could alter the appearance of paint and colored furniture, so be sure to experiment first and install dimmers to alter the intensity.
There's nothing quite like collapsing into a cloud of soft sheets at the end of the day. To signal the end of summer, stow away cotton sheets and add warm layers and a down comforter. If, like Mendell, you prefer to keep sheets the same year round (she's a linen devotee), add warmth with a thick, textured knit throw, and drape it at the end of the bed for an inviting "undone" look.
This post was originally published on October 3, 2016, and has since been updated.